Whistler is most famous as a ski destination - one of the best in the world - and this is thanks to two spectacular mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb that loom a mile above the village and provide over 8000 acres of skiable terrain.
Year-round Whistler offers visitors fine food, spas, and plenty of opportunity for adventure, all in a breathtaking locale.
Location - Where is Whistler?
Whistler Weather & ClimateWhistler's ski season is famously long, from the end of Nov. to April on Whistler Mountain and into June on Blackcomb. During the winter, storms off the coast cover the mountains with an average of 30 feet of snow a year. Temperatures don't get too low though, even in Jan/Feb, when temps average around 0ºC, but winds can make this feel much colder.
Spring in Whistler is unpredictable, with weather ranging from cold and wet to overcast to warm and sunny. By May, snow is melting and in June lower elevation hiking/biking trails are open and snow-free. Although you can't count on the weather, you can count on plenty of travel bargains in spring.
July/Aug. is warm; late summer into fall is pleasant with less rain and more stable conditions.
Whistler also has a hostel, offering probably the cheapest accommodation.
Before you book, check out the Whistler Blackcomb restaurant site where you can see the latest reviews, restaurant openings, check out menus online and even download coupons.
The major gateway to Whistler is through the city of Vancouver, 115 kms or 70 miles away. Whistler is a two-hour drive on the portion of Highway 99 known as the Sea-to-Sky Highway. The drive to Whistler is one of the Canada's most scenic drives. However; weather may also result in bad driving conditions, so you may want to have an experienced driver at the wheel. Numerous other options including taxi, bus and even helicopter are available to get you to Whistler.
Another option is to fly into Seattle and drive 4 - 5 hours to Whistler.
Getting to Whistler by Bus
Pacific Coach's YVR-Whistler SkyLynx is the only bus transportation company with ticket counters located at the airport. The SkyLynx will also stop at downtown Vancouver hotels.
Snowbus is a relatively inexpensive way to get to Whistler during the ski season from Richmond, Vancouver, Burnaby, North Vancouver and West Vancouver. Greyhound Canada also offers non-stop seasonal Ski Express between Vancouver and Whistler Village.
Getting to Whistler by Train
Book by phone or email Whistler Mountaineer.
Two of the biggest Whistler festivals: The TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival bids a celebratory farewell to the ski season with 10 nights of music, arts and sports and Cornucopia - on the other end of the ski season - ushers in winter with a wine and food celebration each November.
See a full lineup of Whistler events and festivals.